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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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Can I move a self-seeded oak tree into a pot to keep it small?

An oak has self seeded in our garden. Has got to about a metre tall and seems happy. We don't have anywhere near enough space for an oak but seems a shame to kill it. Can we move it to a pot to keep ...
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Is it OK to grow plants in clear (transparent) pots?

I was using old clear (transparent) plastic meat packaging to grow plants in. Is that a good idea? Are there any side effects of roots possibly being exposed to the sun?
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subdividing and repotting drosera/sundew

I have a very nice drosera/sundew - but it's overgrown it's little container and needs to be repotted. What should I use as the potting soil? I plan on separating it into two or three new ...
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Pumping water from rain barrel to balcony

I live in an apartment with a porch that is one story off of the ground. I plan on container gardening on the porch, but I don't have a spigot outside to connect a hose. There is, however, a gutter ...
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Citrus trees, using pots/containers vs in the ground

I would really like to get a couple citrus trees (lemon and/or lime). The problem is I live in an apartment. I hope to move at some point such that I will have some land that I can put these in. My ...
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Can I drill drainage holes on the side of the container?

This is a cross-section of a container. Most containers have a drainage hole on the bottom. I've marked that hole with an asterisk. | | | | | | \___*___/ The problem with ...
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Do I need to buy a specialty bark medium to repot my orchid?

As a result of a previous question, I've decided to repot my Phalaenopsis orchid in bark once the blooms fall off. I understand that tree bark makes a better medium than the moss it's currently ...
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Can I plant heather under wisteria?

I have a young wisteria plant in a large wooden sided container in my sunken courtyard. It should get pretty good sun on the wall it's climbing. Most wisteria info seems to say you can't grow ...
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Depth of containers for indoor gardens

I am growing an indoor garden in my basement apartment on a racking system I built. I have two shelves 2' deep, 4' long and 2' high with two 4' T5 flouresants for light. The question I have is for ...
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Any benefit to watering whole plant (leaves and all) instead of just the soil/roots?

A question I often wonder about when watering outdoor pots in the dead heat of summer. Should I just make sure the soil in the bed/pot is watered sufficiently, or is it necessary/advisable to also ...
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Can I salvage an over-watered tomato plant?

I've never tried growing tomatoes before and I recently went out and bought a tomato plant for my balcony. I initially re-potted the plant in too small a planter, so I re-re-potted it a week later. ...
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Why does my cilantro have thin leaves? Why is my parsley not growing? When will they be ready for harvest?

My cilantro (planted outside, full sun from about 11am to 6pm) doesn't have the broad leaves that I see when I buy it in the store. I planted it in May. When should I expect it ready for harvesting? ...
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How to get proper drainage in a pot with a built-in saucer?

I bought a 16'' wide plastic pot with a built-in saucer. The saucer is removable. On the inside of the pot, there are 4 holes where the saucer connects with the pot and 4 other tiny holes that appear ...
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What kind of soil do potted sensitivity plants need?

I bought a sensitivity plant (Mimosa Pudica) and noticed it was planted in an unusual looking soil. I want to transfer it to a larger container, so I would like to know how to buy or prepare a ...
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How to grow Trailing Rosemary as a ground cover in very heavy clay?

I want to cover a large area that is on a steep slope with ground cover. There is absolutely no soil at all, it's all pure clay: hard rock when dry and soft when wet. I was thinking of putting a ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I have a boring grey northwest-facing-with-southwest-exposure concrete wall on my balcony, outdoors, in Vancouver BC, that I would like to turn into a lush wall of bamboo. I have one container whose ...
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Why do I have standing water in the saucer after repotting my rubber plant?

I have a large rubber plant that I re-potted in a larger pot with drainage holes and placed one of the water saucers/catchers underneath. I water the plant once a week and I've noticed the water is ...
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What are some sustainable alternatives to peat for potting compost?

I've just finished writing the tag wiki for organic and was thinking about wider issues of sustainability. Perhaps the best area where I could improve things personally, would be to use an alternative ...
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proper drainage in aluminum foil dish, container

I have a bunch of aluminum foil dishes that are maybe 3" deep: I'm going to fill with soil and put on the roof of my apartment building. How should I prepare the container? Specifically, how do I ...
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Low maintenance evergreen shade-tolerant container climbers for UK

I'm new to gardening and looking for a some climbers to put in my North facing lightwell. It is very sheltered and gets a little bit of sun in the summer evenings. I have bought two very large ...
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How long can I keep a Mulberry tree in a large pot without stunting it?

I have a mulberry tree growing in a large pot, about 30-40 litres (about 40-50cm diameter, same depth). How long will it be fine in that size pot, or is it good forever and will just be stunted?
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Why don't my Roma tomatoes reach full size?

I know it's only spring time, but I have lots of little blossoms on my container tomato plants. All are ready to bloom into tomatoes. They often do not reach full size. In fact, I just pulled off ...
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What can I plant in a container on my south-facing balcony that requires the least attention (watering etc.)?

I have a south-facing balcony with a built-in soil container. Ideally, I don't want to water it at all. Since the container is on the edge of the balcony, it receives some rainfall. What are the best ...
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How do I re-color clay pots of my plants?

I have several indoor plants in ceramic\clay pots. The pots are now look old & faded. Also, fungus is grown on them. So, I was thinking to re-color them to get a fresh look. What should I ...
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How do I prevent growth of fungus on outer wall of ceramic pots?

Many times fungus gets accumulated on the walls of my ceramic pots, it gets too thick & smelly. It is difficult for me to completely remove it with knife. Is their any way by which we can prevent ...
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Plastic Pots OR Ceramic pots, which is better in terms of plant health?

Are their any advantage of having plastic pots over ceramic pots except below points: 1. Lower cost. 2. Fungus will not grow on Plastic 3. un-breakable, good life. all of above point are not ...
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Water levels for Mint in a window box

I can only grow things in containers as I have no garden and have an active herb garden mostly consisting of some very happy chives and some potted Bay, rosemary and basil.However the window box I ...
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Sub-irrigation planter bucket setup

After doing some research around sub-irrigation I think I've come up with a cheap method of creating a SIP pot (the 20L pails are expensive in Aus) 9.3L Bucket ~40cm length of 2" Corrugated Drain ...
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What bulbs will do well planted in containers in the fall in Dallas, and how should I take care of them?

I'm a total and complete novice when it comes to gardening... I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall in large containers on my back patio. I live near Dallas, Texas. What bulbs would you recommend? ...
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Why are my Freesias sprouting in the fall?

I bought some Freesias in the spring last year and planted them in a wooden planter. All spring and summer, I didn't see any signs of life, even though they got watered regularly. Then in the fall of ...
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Which herbs can be planted closely without having a negative effect on each other

I want to grow some herbs for regular use on my kitchen window sill. As herbs influence other plants growing next to them, I want to make sure they'll go well together before planting/sowing them. ...
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How can I pack my potted plants for moving (across the US)?

I'm faced with moving across the US soon. As my climate zone will be changing, some of my outdoor potted plants will have to become indoor plants. However, I would like to take as many as possible ...
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What else (if anything) can I support in the same pot with my lime trees?

I have two lime trees in pots, because I need to bring them indoors during the winter. Additionally, we recently found that keeping mint in our lawn garden was a bad idea, since it spreads so ...
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How do I protect the roots and adjust watering levels in a non-draining indoor pot?

The long, winding backstory: We have a rubber tree which has been in the same pot for ages. It has been moved twice, and in our new home we're still trying to find it a spot it likes. Recently, ...
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Is it wise to reuse potting soil?

The potting soil in question is in medium to large sized pots that had/have tomatoes or small fruit trees in them.
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Has anybody had any success using 5 gallon buckets as planters?

I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as ...
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How should I be fertilizing my container tomatoes?

Caveat - I am about as novice as it gets when it comes to gardening, and especially with vegetables. I'm trying tomatoes for the first time this year (Husky Cherry Red), and am wondering how I should ...
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How do sweet peas compare with morning glories in terms of growth, coverage, etc.?

I plant morning glories every year in containers to climb up the walls of my terrace, but this year am having a lot of trouble with them. When buying the seeds, I saw sweet peas as well, and decided ...
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What are some recommendations for a potted orange tree?

My wife and I would like to have a potted orange tree. We live in the San Diego area so the climate for citrus trees is near perfect, but we don't know what kind of tree we should buy. Also, how large ...
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What are some fast-growing, voluminous vines that are suitable to be grown in containers?

I have a large terrace in New York City, and am looking to fill it with some greenery without spending a fortune. In the past I have had good luck with morning glories in containers - they grow ...
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Can you grow raspberries in a pot/growbag?

Unfortunately we don't have a proper garden, but we do have an area that we can use for pots and/or grow bags. We've been offered some raspberry canes by a friend - but will they grow ok in pots or ...
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Can Thuja trees live in a “square foot garden” style container?

I have a number of young Thuja trees that I would like to grow outside my porch. However, I live in student housing and we're forbidden from altering the outside area, so I don't like the idea of ...
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How do I make a wooden container fit for growing stuff in it?

I have bought a number of used wooden containers that I would like to grow Thuja trees and various vegetables in: they are about 1 foot wide, 2 feet long, and 1 foot tall. Being an amateur in ...
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What's a suitable depth for a planter for sage and tarragon?

I have just planted a tray each of tarragon and sage seeds, and intend, once the seedlings are suitably developed, to transfer them to planters on the verandah, rather than to the main plot. What ...
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What are the best soil amendments for container grown blueberries?

What are the best soil amendments for blueberries grown in containers? What's the best mulch? Last year I used chopped leaves from a friend's landscaping job that is no longer around. I also ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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Source for cheap large plastic tubs?

I'm looking into setting up an aquaponics system, which requires me to acquire a large tub (on the order of 250L, relatively flat) to use as a grow bed for the veggies. Does anyone know where I could ...
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How are peppers and mulch used in a desert environment?

I have a couple of pepper plants that I've recently procured. Since I do not want these to go the way every other plant that has been gifted to me (i.e. death), I transplanted them into some large ...
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What is a recipe for a long-lasting, fast draining container soil mix with good aeration

I'm interested in making my own container soil for some potted citrus and figs as well as something that'll work for other house plants. I've heard of Al's Gritty Mix. Does anyone have a mix that's ...